Fifty years ago Alex Buzo’s NORM AND AHMED was spoken of in reverent terms in the theatre underground. It was all over the papers of course but that was mainstream and irrelevant to us young ones who were still arguing with our parents about ‘One Day of the Year’ which was 10 years earlier. There were smuggled scripts and meetings and late night discussions and readings and feminist reimaginings in secret.
Now it’s on the HSC syllabus and a whole new generation has the chance to be shocked by the play. Not for the censored and obscenity-trialled ending but more for the astounding relevance it still holds. I was lucky enough to see it onstage again today, as part of the Pioneer Play Festival, and it has had a bit of a tinker but it’s still damning. Continue reading ‘NORM AND AHMED’. WE KNOW THEY ARE STILL OUT THERE!→
THE REMOVALISTS is one of David Williamson’s first and most influential plays, an iconic Australian play of the seventies dealing with domestic violence issues, that are still with us in 2015.
The Epicentre Theatre Company’s current revival features a very well chosen cast that is well able to deal with the emotional and physical demands of the script.
We witness how people play word games with each other to win each situation, but each with their own subversive reasons, in this vivid exploration of the changing roles of women and men.
The play starts inside the Police Station with two policemen, in a crime ridden suburb of Melbourne. One officer has been in the Police Force for 23 years and is corrupt whilst the other is freshly-trained and nervous, on his first day on the job. They are called on a job to help two sisters, one of whom has been badly beaten by her partner. Continue reading THE REMOVALISTS @ King Street Theatre→
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